AG Paxton Commends U.S. District Court Ruling That Upholds Texas’ Time-Honored System of Statewide Judicial Elections

AG Paxton Commends U.S. District Court Ruling That Upholds Texas’ Time-Honored System of Statewide Judicial Elections

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded a decision by the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi upholding the well-established practice of statewide judicial elections for the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. The court ruled that the system fully complies with voting rights’ laws.

Criminal Charges Dropped Against Judge Rudy Delgado

Criminal Charges Dropped Against Judge Rudy Delgado

When former state District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado announced his retirement and resignation last week, he didn’t address one of the elephants in the room: whether he’ll run for a seat on a state appellate court. His wife and campaign treasurer, Diana Delgado, confirmed Wednesday that her husband’s name was still on the November general election ballot as the…

Trump nominates Andrew S. Oldham to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Trump nominates Andrew S. Oldham to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Trump nominates Andrew S. Oldham to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Today President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate an eleventh wave of judicial nominees as follows: If confirmed, Mark J. Bennett of Hawaiʻi will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mark Bennett is a director in the Honolulu firm Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher, where he has practiced complex civil and appellate litigation and government relations since joining the firm in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bennett spent almost eight years as the Attorney General of Hawaiʻi, and was twice unanimously confirmed to that position by the Hawaiʻi Senate. During his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Bennett successfully argued two cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and earned both the Department of Justice National Leadership Award and the Hawaiʻi Law Enforcement Elwood J. McGuire Award for Contributions to Law Enforcement. Before he was appointed Attorney General, Mr. Bennett spent a dozen years practicing complex civil and appellate litigation at the Honolulu firm of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Bennett spent seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Hawaiʻi. During this period, he earned a Special Achievement Award from the Attorney General of the United States. Shortly after graduating from law school, Mr. Bennett served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Samuel P. King of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaiʻi. Mr. Bennett has also served...